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  • Tortured and haggard: Helena Bonham Carter is a convincing Miss Havisham

    08/15/2012 6:01:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 15, 2012 | Sarah Fitzmaurice and Lara Gould
    At 46 she's considerably younger than her character, the decrepit Miss Havisham. But Helena Bonham Carter can be seen looking haggard and tortured as the heiress locked in the past in the new trailer for the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’s novel Great Expectations. The English actress is seen sporting huge bags under her eyes, a grey pallor and a wretched look on her face.
  • Joe Kubert Dies at 85; Influential Comic-Book

    08/13/2012 8:03:37 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 12 replies
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 13, 2012 | By MARGALIT FOX
    Joe Kubert, a titan among comic-book artists whose work stretched from the Golden Age of the superhero to the gritty realism of the graphic novel, died on Sunday in Morristown, N.J. He was 85. The cause was multiple myeloma, his son Adam said. Mr. Kubert, who first plied his trade as a teenager in the 1930s and continued drawing in the hospital during his final illness, was among the last of the generation of comic-book illustrators whose work helped define the genre in the years before World War II. “He’s the longest-lived continuously important contributor to the field,” Paul Levitz,...
  • So What Does The President Read ?

    08/12/2012 12:25:38 PM PDT · by djone · 20 replies
    instapundit ^ | 12Aug12 | Glenn Reynolds
    It's Fareed Zakaria's book " The Post-American World " ---“This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else.” So begins Fareed Zakaria’s blockbusting bestseller on the United States in the twenty-first century. How can Americans understand this rapidly changing international climate, and how might the nation continue to thrive in a truly global era? (Amazom,com)
  • Leading from Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide for Him: Synopsis

    08/12/2012 10:40:43 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Amazon ^ | Release Date: Aug 21 | Richard Minter, Book Author
    Book Description Publication Date: August 21, 2012 Barack Obama has never been fully vetted—until now. In Leading from Behind, New York Times bestselling investigative journalist Richard Miniter presents the first book to explore President Obama’s abilities as a leader, by unearthing new details of his biggest successes and failures. Based on exclusive interviews and never-before-published material, Leading from Behind investigates the secret world of the West Wing and the combative personalities that shape historic events. Contrary to the White House narrative, which aims to define Obama as a visionary leader, Leading from Behind reveals a president who is indecisive,...
  • David Gelernter's America Lite

    08/12/2012 6:30:05 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 5 replies
    Hugh ^ | August 10,2012 | Hugh Hewitt
    David Gelernter is one of those amazing people whose lifetime productivity across so many fields simply dazzles if it doesn't completely diminish your sense of self-worth. Now this Yale professor (computer science) has written an explanation of how the country came to be where it is, a book so riveting and beautifully written that you may finish it in a single sitting. It is America-Lite: How Imperial Academia Dismantled Our Culture (and Ushered In the Obamacrats.)
  • Liza Klaussmann: 'I Reread Moby-Dick and Thought: Where Was Your Editor?'

    08/11/2012 7:31:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Guardian | Saturday 11 August 2012 | Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy
    Liza Klaussmann: 'I Reread Moby-Dick and Thought: Where Was Your Editor?'
  • The Tragedy Europe Forgot (Expulsions of Germans From East of the Oder)

    08/10/2012 7:02:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 9, 2012 | Andrew Stuttaford
    By the late spring of 1945, Germany had lost a war, its honor and millions of dead. There was more to come. The Allies had decided that the country's east should be carved up between Poland and the Soviet Union and that its German inhabitants should be moved to the truncated Reich. There they would encounter Sudeten Germans, Czechoslovakia's second largest ethnic group, now also scheduled for deportation. In August 1945, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Soviet Union agreed at Potsdam that these transfers, which had in any case already begun, should be "orderly and humane."
  • Hermann Hesse - misunderstood but loved (died 50 years ago today)

    08/09/2012 7:45:25 AM PDT · by Borges · 15 replies
    DW ^ | 8/9/12
    Half a century after his death, the works of Nobel Prize-winning author Hermann Hesse are back on the shelves. He's one of the most popular German authors in the world - even though he'd long been written off. In 1962, just after Hermann Hesse had died of a heart attack at the age of 85, the German newspaper Die Zeit wrote that the author had become obsolete. The paper, however, would eat its words. In the meantime, Hesse's works have been translated into nearly 60 languages, and at least 125 million copies have been sold worldwide. Hermann Hesse knew from...
  • Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again

    08/06/2012 3:56:38 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 1 replies ^ | 2011 | Donald Trump
    This is a pretty good read....we should send a copy to Mittens and the GOP.. The Donald tells us how great he is...if you are worth 7 billion I guess you can do it!!!
  • Jack Reacher Official Movie Trailer

    08/06/2012 11:04:32 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 3, 2012 | Paramount
    Official Jack Reacher Movie Trailer! Watch it in theaters this December.
  • Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century

    08/03/2012 9:49:27 AM PDT · by KyGeezer · 12 replies
    Amazon ^ | September 10, 2010 | Paul Kengor
    In this startling, intensively researched book, bestselling historian Paul Kengor shines light on a deeply troubling aspect of American history: the prominent role of the “dupe.” From the Bolshevik Revolution through the Cold War and right up to the present, many progressives have unwittingly aided some of America’s most dangerous opponents. Based on never-before-published FBI files, Soviet archives, and other primary sources, Dupes exposes the legions of liberals who have furthered the objectives of America’s adversaries. Kengor shows not only how such dupes contributed to history’s most destructive ideology—Communism, which claimed at least 100 million lives—but also why they are...
  • Sir John Keegan - RIP

    08/03/2012 5:16:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | August 2, 2012 | Staff
    He had been on the teaching staff of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, for 25 years in 1986 when Max Hastings announced his recruitment to the paper the day he took over the editor’s chair. Keegan proved an unrivalled asset as the Soviet empire crumbled and collapsed, the government demanded a “peace dividend” in the form of cutbacks to the Armed Forces and a series of military actions flared up in the Middle East and the Balkans.
  • Coming soon, “The best book ever written on abortion”

    07/31/2012 1:44:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | 7.31.2012 | Jill Stanek
    There is a banner ad at the top of my site offering 35% off pre-orders of the soon-to-be-released book, Abandoned: The Untold Stories of the Abortion Wars, written by Dr. Monica Miller. My endorsement of Abandoned will be on its back cover, along with the endorsement of several pro-life leaders like Fr. Frank Pavone, Joe Scheidler, David Bereit, Teresa Tomeo, Al Kresta, and best-selling author Dinesh D’Souza, who wrote in the book’s forward: Quite simply, this is the best book ever written on abortion. Beautifully written, this is about the consequences of Roe v. Wade, as seen through the eyes...
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown

    07/28/2012 12:32:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies ^ | May 22,2012 | Eric Blehm
    This book is worth a look....For you people in Florida I put it right behind A Land Remembered From Amazon review Adam Brown was a man who conquered whatever he set out to accomplish "against all odds" time and again. He conquered drugs and crime, betrayal and his own flesh to become a man of uncompromising character and selfless determination. Adam was a humble hero. He loved as hard as he fought and he fought hard. He overcame his past, physical injuries and then serious limitations- time and again...
  • Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason

    07/28/2012 2:35:15 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 3, 2012 | Jamie Glazov
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Christina Shelton, a retired US intelligence analyst; she spent the major part of her thirty-two year career (twenty two years) working as a Soviet analyst and a Counterintelligence Branch Chief at the Defense Intelligence Agency. She is the author of the new book, Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason. FP: Christina Shelton, welcome to Frontpage Interview. Shelton: Thank you, Mr. Glazov. FP: Let’s begin with you telling us what inspired you to write this book. Shelton: I have always had an abiding interest in both the Soviet Union and the intriguing world of espionage. For...
  • When You Strike At a Queen...Judith Flanders reviews "Shooting Victoria."

    07/27/2012 7:15:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 27, 2012 | Judith Flanders
    British television has a lot to answer for. From "Upstairs, Downstairs" to "Downton Abbey," it has perpetrated an image of "historical" Britain as a country filled with a loved, even revered, upper class that gracefully patronizes the lower orders, who in turn are thrilled to roll over and have their tummies tickled by their social superiors. Absent is any sense of political, much less social unrest—there are no bread riots, no Luddites, no machine wreckers. Thus many PBS viewers might be surprised by the violence that accompanied the 19th century's extreme political instability. And they might be positively shocked to...
  • The Atlas Shrugged e-book app

    07/26/2012 5:06:22 AM PDT · by stiguy · 18 replies
    Check out the "amped" version of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. If this is the way publishing is headed, I like it. $14.99 buys the ebook and a ton of additional content and interactive features.
  • Defenestration - Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor

    07/25/2012 11:03:11 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 7, 2012 | MerriamWebsterOnline
    The fascinating story behind many people's favorite word.
  • 1987 Time Capsule of Predictions on 2012 by Sci-Fi Authors

    07/25/2012 10:09:45 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 61 replies
    ISAAC ASIMOVAssuming we haven't destroyed ourselves in a nuclear war, there will be 8-10 billion of us on this planet—and widespread hunger. These troubles can be traced back to President Ronald Reagan who smiled and waved too much. GREGORY BENFORD YOUR FUTURE AND WELCOME TO IT … 25 years from now. World population stands at nearly 8 billion. The Dow-Jones Industrial Average stands at 8,400, but the dollar is worth a third of today's. Oil is running out, but shale-extracted oil is getting cheaper. The real shortage in much of the world is…water. Most Americans are barely literate, think in...
  • It's Better to Build Boys than Mend Men

    07/25/2012 9:55:53 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 9 replies ^ | August 2004 | S Truett Cathy
    A small book with a big message!
  • NC Man Wins Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

    07/23/2012 12:22:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sunday, Jul 22, 2012
    A white-bearded, 64-year-old North Carolina investment banker has won Key West's annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest. Greg Fawcett of Cornelius bested 139 other ``Papa'' Hemingway Look-Alike contestants during his 10th attempt Saturday. It also marked the 113th anniversary of the late author's birth. Competitors in sportsman's attire competed at one of Hemingway's favorite bars, Sloppy Joe's. A panel of former winners judged the contest.
  • The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture : David Mamet

    07/21/2012 8:23:26 AM PDT · by djone · 13 replies
    "Liberalism is a religion," he writes. "It affords a feeling of spiritual rectitude at little or no cost. "College, while it may theoretically teach skills, also serves to delay the matriculation of the adolescent into society." "No, the luckless product of our Liberal Universities, skill-less, will not touch that item his culture named taboo: work. So we see the proliferation, in the Liberal Communities, of counselors, advisors, life coaches, consultants, feng shui 'experts,' as the undereducated chickens come home to roost." "From the Left's point of view one need not work, and may not only Hope to be provided for,...
  • The Population Control Holocaust

    07/20/2012 7:41:00 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 9 replies
    The New Atlantis ^ | Spring 2012 | Robert Zubrin
    There is a single ideological current running through a seemingly disparate collection of noxious modern political and scientific movements, ranging from militarism, imperialism, racism, xenophobia, and radical environmentalism, to socialism, Nazism, and totalitarian communism. This is the ideology of antihumanism: the belief that the human race is a horde of vermin whose unconstrained aspirations and appetites endanger the natural order, and that tyrannical measures are necessary to constrain humanity. The founding prophet of modern antihumanism is Thomas Malthus (1766-1834), who offered a pseudoscientific basis for the idea that human reproduction always outruns available resources. Following this pessimistic and inaccurate assessment...
  • Sum of all fears: Arabs read an average of 6 pages a year, study reveals

    07/20/2012 8:59:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Al-Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 14 July 2012 | Ikram al-Yacoub
    There are some readers for whom obtaining a first edition copy of their favorite book or author is of great import and this is evidenced by people standing in long lines to get their hands on new books. While this may be a common site in the West, many believe this is not the case in the Arab world. There is a common perception too about the number of Arabs that frequent libraries. That number mirrors the nature of a reading culture and can be used to evaluate reading habits among its generations. Earlier this year, a debate on how...
  • Classics given a steamy Fifty Shades of Grey makeover

    07/18/2012 7:16:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 17, 2012 | Emily Andrews
    Devotees of Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters may wish to loosen their corsets and have the smelling salts within reach. Some of the greatest works of English literature have been controversially ‘sexed up’ for the 21st century. Following the success of erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, one enterprising publisher has given classics such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights a bawdy makeover.
  • And the Worst Book of History Is …

    07/16/2012 1:25:38 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 16, 2012 | JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
    <p>The political direction of the country may be up for grabs until November, but the right has scored an interim victory — if that’s the word — in a weeklong contest to determine “the least credible history book in print” just concluded by the History News Network.</p>
  • Ender's Game: The Movie

    07/14/2012 9:35:42 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Multiple | July 14, 2012
    Orson Scott Card's 1985 Hugo and Nebula Award winning science fiction novel, Ender's Game, is finally coming to the cinema. Principal photography has been completed. The film is in post production and is scheduled for release on November 1, 2013. Gavin Hood is the director and Card is one of the producers. Asa Butterfield is in the title role and other cast members include, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Moises Arias, Aramis Knight, Hailee Steinfeld, Jimmy Pinchak, Abigail Breslin, and Viola Davis. For more information, see IDMb, Wikipedia, and the Ender's Game Blog.
  • Jane Austen's gold ring goes up for auction

    07/09/2012 5:51:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | July 6, 2012 | Alison Flood
    A turquoise ring which once belonged to Jane Austen is up for auction at Sotheby's next week. But fans of the romantic novelist will need deep pockets if they are to win the rare piece of jewellery, which has a guide price of Ł20,000 to Ł30,000. The turquoise and gold ring came to Sotheby's from Austen's family, complete with a note sent by Jane's sister-in-law, Eleanor Austen, in November 1863, to Jane's niece, Caroline Austen. "My dear Caroline," wrote Eleanor. "The enclosed ring once belonged to your Aunt Jane. It was given to me by your Aunt Cassandra as soon...
  • William Shakespeare's Sonnets Repurposed Into Pop Songs

    07/08/2012 5:21:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The National ^ | Jul 7, 2012 | Jonathan Gornall
    If there was a moment when Shakespeare came alive for me, it was in an English classroom in the late 1960s, when I and the other 12-year-olds gazing glassy-eyed out of the window were listening to a recording of King Lear, being played for us by a trendy teacher desperate to get something into our thick skulls. Don’t get me wrong. I was bored to tears and far more interested in the boats sailing past on the nearby river. But then I made the kind of accidental connection that can transform the ordinary by placing it into a fresh context....
  • Deli Wins 'Instant Heart Attack' Sandwich Suit; High Cholesterol Ensues

    07/08/2012 5:08:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Village Voice ^ | Sat., Jul. 7 2012 | John Surico Sat.
    If you walk into the Second Avenue Deli - a kosher eatery that relocated from the East Village, when it actually was on 2nd Avenue, to Midtown - with $24.95 in your wallet, you'll have just enough moolah to buy a little snack called the 'Instant Heart Attack.' The 804-calorie towering sandwich, made up of sliced pastrami and fried potato latkes, is like the Tim Tebow at Carnegie Deli - a symbol of food excess that tastes delicious all the way to the doctor. Except the one at Second Avenue faced a bit of a legal problem. Enter The Heart...
  • Agent Garbo,' The Spy Who Lied About D-Day

    07/08/2012 10:01:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | Jul 7, 2012
    Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. Nicknamed for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo, Garcia's own performance was so convincing he fooled Hitler himself. Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. He was a double agent for the British, performing so well that they nicknamed him for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo. Author Stephan Talty tells the story of this unlikely hero in a new book called Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day. "Pujol was the Walter Mitty of the war," a very...
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez Suffering From Dementia

    07/07/2012 8:33:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | | Harriet Alexander
    The brother of Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez has revealed that the 85-year-old Nobel Laureat is suffering from dementia.Jaime García Márquez, a civil engineer, told a group of students at a lecture in the Colombian city of Cartagena that his elder brother often telephones him to ask basic questions. “He has problems with his memory. Sometimes I cry because I feel like I’m losing him,” he said. The author, who has lived in Mexico City since 1961, is one of the most influential and highly-acclaimed living writers. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, and Carlos Fuentes, the...
  • The Author of the Civil War

    07/07/2012 11:51:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 484 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 6, 2012 | CYNTHIA WACHTELL
    At the height of the holiday shopping season of 1860, a bookseller in Richmond, Va., placed a telling advertisement in The Daily Dispatch promoting a selection of "Elegant Books for Christmas and New Year's Presents." Notably, the list of two dozen "choice books, suitable for Holiday Gifts" included five works by the late Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott in "various beautiful bindings." Sir Walter Scott not only dominated gift book lists on the eve of the Civil War but also dominated Southern literary taste throughout the conflict. His highly idealized depiction of the age of chivalry allowed Southern...
  • Ernest Hemingway Wrote 47 Endings to A Farewell To Arms

    07/06/2012 9:07:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Jul 2012 | Martin Chilton
    All 47 endings to Ernest Hemingway's 1929 masterpiece A Farewell To Arms will be published in a new edition next week.All 47 endings to Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell To Arms will be included in a new edition of his 1929 masterpiece published by Scribner next week. The Nobel Prize-winning American author, talking to The Paris Review in 1958, two years before he shot himself at the age of 61, admitted that the final words of A Farewell to Arms, his semi-autobiographical novel about events during the Italian campaigns of World War I in the ambulance corps, had been rewritten “39...
  • The Man They Called Ibn Saud

    07/04/2012 1:31:43 PM PDT · by AMitchum · 3 replies
    The National Interest ^ | June 28, 2012 | Sandra Mackey
    HE WAS a giant, physically and politically. He was an extraordinary leader who took the bedouin ethos and wrapped it in the puritanical sect of Wahhabi Islam. He was the legendary Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, who in the first quarter of the twentieth century linked together the disparate tribes of the Arabian Peninsula to create the country of Saudi Arabia. Michael Darlow and Barbara Bray have collected the facts, assembled the myths and illuminated the mysteries of this man, pulling it all into a compelling biography titled Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The...
  • Andy Griffith Dead at 86, BREAKING NEWS: Friend Says Andy Griffith Has Died

    07/03/2012 7:20:39 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 68 replies ^ | Jul 3, 2012
    Updated: Tue 10:16 AM, Jul 03, 2012 BREAKING NEWS: Friend Says Andy Griffith Has Died Former UNC President Bill Friday says Andy Griffith died this morning in Dare County. Friday, who is a close friend of the actor, confirmed that to WITN News. Friday tells us the 86-year-old actor died at his Dare County home around 7:00 a.m. this morning. Griffith attended UNC Chapel Hill where he earned a degree in Music. According to, Griffith was a regular on the Ed Sullivan show in the 1950's.
  • Mafia writer gets asteroid named after him

    07/01/2012 1:19:38 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 9 replies
    upi. ^ | June 30, 2012
    ROME, - An Italian journalist and author known for exposing the Naples mafia was honored by having an asteroid named after him, officials said. Roberto Saviano had asteroid No. 278447 named after him Friday, Italy's ANSA news agency reported. Saviano was given the honor by the International Astronomical Union for exposing "the Camorra's organized-crime activities in his 2006 best-seller 'Gomorrah.'" Saviano received death threats for his novel and was placed under round-the-clock police protection after its publication. "Gomorrah" was later turned into a film and won second prize at Cannes and five European Film Awards in 2008. "Thank you Dr....
  • Freeper Help: Movie Similiar to Au Revoir Les Enfants

    06/30/2012 7:42:01 PM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 18 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | June 30, 2012 | Vanity
    I need some help identifying a movie. I just watched Au Revoir Les Infants with my wife and it reminded me of a very similar, but much, much better French film made in the 1970's. Google isn't helping. It's set in a Catholic boarding school in a small French town during the German occupation. In this movie, at least one of the students in Jewish, and the Germans never catch on, or if they do, they choose to feign ignorence. In Au Revoir three of the students are Jewish and they are betrayed by a fired employee of the school....
  • ‘The Tyranny of Clichés,’ by Jonah Goldberg

    06/27/2012 2:41:50 PM PDT · by jongaltsr · 10 replies
    New York times article Published: May 18, 2012 ^ | recently is all I know | Johan Goldbert
    Jonah Goldberg’s first book was called “Liberal Fascism.” It was a screed, of course, but a clever one. He argued that liberals who routinely denounce extreme conservatives as fascists should take a look in their own backyard, and he wasn’t fooling around: “It is my argument that American liberalism is a totalitarian political religion.” Goldberg has read around a bit, and he was able to lace his thesis with embarrassing quotations from progressives past who expressed admiration for Italian Fascism, eugenics and other assorted statist atrocities. But his essential point was a simple one: fascists believe in state control of...
  • 50 Shades of Gray #1 Selling Kindle Book of All Time

    06/27/2012 7:15:22 AM PDT · by trailhkr1 · 68 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 6-26-12 | Deborah Arthurs
    Fifty Shades Of Grey has become the number one best-selling Kindle book of all time at, it was revealed today. Despite the trilogy only being published in March this year, the racy international best-sellers - dubbed 'mummy porn' - have sold over one million copies in the online store's Kindle department, while author EL James has become the bestselling author of the year on the site as a whole.
  • “Books That Shaped America” Exhibition to Open June 25

    06/27/2012 12:04:42 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | June 21, 2012 | Library of Congress
    The Library of Congress--the worldÂ’s largest repository of knowledge and information--is beginning its multiyear "Celebration of the Book" with an exhibition, "Books That Shaped America," opening June 25. The exhibition is part of a larger series of programs, symposia and other events that explore the important and varied ways that books influence our lives. The "Books That Shaped America" exhibition will be on view from June 25 through Sept. 29 in the Southwest Gallery, located on the second floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. This...
  • Retelling The Victor's Tale (New Marshall Zhukov Bio)

    06/25/2012 8:11:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 24, 2012 | Jennifer Seigel
    "Willful. Decisive. Has initiative and knows how to apply it to his work. Disciplined. Persistently demanding. Personally a little cold and insufficiently tactful. Has a significant streak of obstinacy. Painfully proud. In military matters well prepared. . . . Loves military affairs and is constantly striving for perfection." This assessment of the talents and traits of Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov, the future World War II hero of the Soviet Union, was made by a superior officer not long after the 34-year-old cavalry officer assumed command of his first brigade in 1930. In 1946, still basking in the public's adulation after the...
  • Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story [ customer reviews]

    06/24/2012 3:01:32 AM PDT · by grundle · 11 replies
    No more touching November 10, 2011 By sawdawg101 "Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story" will fit nicely in your bookshelf along such classics as "Knifed: The O.J. Simpson Story," "Fondler: Confessions of a Pedophile," and "Avoiding Blue Dresses: Sexual Harassment for the Aspiring Politician." Completely misleading title November 5, 2011 By dakota loomis 100% false advertising by Mr. Sandusky. Not a single page in this book "touches" on how to appropriately gain the trust of young, at-risk boys, and then use that trust to perpetrate horrifying sexual assaults on the very children who turned to you for guidance and support. Almost...
  • Watching Now Katie Pavlich On CSPAN 2 Drops Bombshell

    06/23/2012 7:38:59 PM PDT · by Dysart · 96 replies
    Watching Pavlich interview with Major Garrett on CSPAN2, watch it now or catch the replay. She just said that there were three weapons recovered at the scene, not two, and she strongly suspects that the murder of Brian Terry was a paid government confidential informant. Now, I think we know why Obama-Holder wants to keep this evidence out of the public domain. Also, she points out for the slow that it's implied that the justice dept knew many Mexicans would be killed by putting these powerful weapons in the hands of cartel killers, but were considered essentially (my words) acceptable...
  • Service: A Touching Testament to Our Heroes in Uniform

    06/23/2012 9:05:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 23, 2012 | Elise Cooper
    Marcus Luttrell with James D. Hornfischer has written another emotional story that the reader will not want to put down. Titled Service, this one is the sequel to the compelling and gripping Lone Survivor. (Lone Survivor chronicles what happened to Marcus in Afghanistan. It documents a reconnaissance mission, Operation Redwing, in June 2005 when four US Navy SEALs were dropped into the mountainous region between the Afghan-Pakistan borders to observe the activities of a top al-Qaeda leader. It is believed that local goat herders who had crossed the SEALs' path, yet were released by them, informed the Taliban of the...
  • Rare James Bond Book [Live and Let Die] Fetches *$21,258

    06/21/2012 6:42:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    A rare first edition of Ian Fleming's, James Bond, 'Live and Let Die' (shown below) fetched *$21,258 (Ł13,750) soaring well above its high-estimate ($6,000/Ł4,000) at a recent Christie's auction.
  • 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' review: (Dedicated to the proposition of Vampire destruction)

    06/21/2012 1:41:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 06/21/2012 | Mick LaSalle
    The title, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," guarantees about 15 good minutes. Just on the strength and novelty of the gimmick - combining the real details of Lincoln's life with a secret antivampire history - the movie was bound to command a certain absurd appeal. The trick was in getting audiences past those 15 minutes, and that's what the movie does. Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is a money-making stunt that its author - who also wrote the screenplay - wisely decided to treat with seriousness, or at least an attitude of seriousness. Instead of...
  • ‘Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening ends ‘Life in Hell,’ comic that started it all

    06/20/2012 10:20:24 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 21 replies
    poynter ^ | June 20, 2012 | Rob Tornoe
    After exploring a world populated by “anthropomorphic rabbits and a pair of gay lovers” for over 30 years, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening is putting down his pen and ending his highly acclaimed comic strip, “Life in Hell.” The last “Life in Hell,” Groening’s 1,669th strip, was released on Friday, June 15. For the next four weeks, editors will have their choice of strips from Groening’s extensive archive before they close up shop in July on Friday the 13, which seems oddly appropriate.“I’ve had great fun, in a Sisyphean kind of way, but the time has come to let Binky and...
  • Obama's grandfather tortured by the British? A fantasy (like most of the President’s own memoir)

    06/19/2012 7:11:19 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 19, 2012 | Toby Harnden
    A new biography of Barack Obama has established that his grandfather was not, as is related in the President’s own memoir, detained by the British in Kenya and found that claims that he was tortured were a fabrication. 'Barack Obama: The Story' by David Maraniss catalogues dozens of instances in which Obama deviated significantly from the truth in his book 'Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance'. The 641-page book punctures the carefully-crafted narrative of Obama’s life. One of the enduring myths of Obama’s ancestry is that his paternal grandfather Hussein Onyango Obama, who served as a...
  • Rielle Hunter Calls Elizabeth Edwards 'Witch on Wheels' in New Memoir

    06/18/2012 6:32:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 18, 2012
    Rielle Hunter, in a gossipy new memoir, calls the cancer-stricken wife of her lover, former presidential candidate John Edwards, a "witch on wheels" and claims that while they were furtively seeing each other he lied about having three other mistresses at the same time, according to a new report. Hunter, who has a four-year-old daughter with Edwards, says she wrote the book, "What Really Happened," to give young Frances Quinn "one entirely truthful public account of how she came into the world. After all, this is her story too." ABC News reported Monday that it had obtained a copy of...